August 10, 1998
Northshore benefits from county education grant
by Northlake News staff
SEATTLE--Some Northshore students will learn about Indian cultures and the arts this coming school year, thanks to a $455,000 grant approved by the King County Council recently.
Students at Kenmore Elementary will explore cultures through visual design while Moorlands Elementary kids will see dance and science combined. Northshore students will also learn about early encounters between white settlers and Indians, as well as discover uncommon musical instruments.
Charlie Rathbun, King County Cultural Resources arts program coordinator, says the program's goal is to "integrate the arts into fundamental core curriculum."
The projects will take learning beyond regurgitation of numbers or book facts.
Stuart Nakamura was awarded $7,165 to teach students how different culture's sense of visual design has developed, Rathbun said.
The Whistlestop Dance Company received $10,000 to take science curriculum and interpret it into dance, Rathbun said.
"We bring in the body in our approach, giving students ways to express what they're learning in science," said co-director Joanne Petroff.
An example she gave was a lesson on soils where Seattle students graphed plant growth with their bodies.
The Seattle Youth Symphony will teach students about less popular instruments such as the oboe, bassoon and French horn, Rathbun said.
Rathbun said an on-line resource page for teachers who want to bring in artists will be developed off the county's web page (www.metrokc.gov/culture) and posted sometime this fall with a $10,000 grant. This is the eighth year for cultural education grants from the council, Rathbun said. He added that funding has increased annually. This year, he said over 90 proposals were received which were reviewed by the King County Arts Commission and county Landmarks and Heritage Commission before being forwarded to the council.
The program is funded by hotel/motel tax revenues providing grants to organizations and individuals.
"Since the program began in 1990, it has reached students in all 19 school districts in King County," said Council Chair Louise Miller, R-Woodinville. "It has become a national model for cultural education."